Episode 6: How Starting Something New Can Bring People Together | Ken Hatfield

Episode 6: How Starting Something New Can Bring People Together | Ken Hatfield

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In this episode, Chef Ken Hatfield and I sit down at his restaurant, Hatfield’s Goode Grub, and discuss his love for BBQ, how breaking bread can bring people together, the value of hard work, and how pursuing your dream can make a difference in the lives of others.

Ken’s journey has taken him a lot of places and there are a lot of surprises in the interview that you won’t want to miss; as well as some great tips and encouragement from Ken for those of us wanting to follow our passion.

 From the interview…

  • What four ingredients would Ken take with him if trapped on a deserted island?
  • What would Ken choose if he could only eat one thing for the rest of his life?
  • Who have been some special people he has cooked for?
  • Has he ever been nervous about who he was cooking for?
  • Is there something that he’s known for?
  • Was he always interested in cooking?
  • Why did he set-up his restaurant like he did and what’s special about it?
  • How has faith played a part in Ken’s story and how does it drive what he does?
  • Growing up, did he ever think he’d make a living as a chef?
  • How has hard work played into Ken’s journey?
  • What’s it like to run a business versus just cooking the food?
  • What has he been able to do to help others who are where he was before?
  • What have been some of the biggest obstacles to Ken’s success?
  • What was it like planning and preparing 1700 meals a day on a missionary ship?
  • How did he make sure each country represented got a taste of home?
  • What special things have happened as a result of him stepping out with his food truck and restaurant?
  • What are some of the keys to success?

 Ken Hatfield

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Episode 5: How Hard Work And Coffee Can Impact a Community | Rob Bennett

Episode 5: How Hard Work And Coffee Can Impact a Community | Rob Bennett

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In this episode, I sit down with with my friend Rob Bennett, owner of Cafe Ah-Roma. As we sit and talk in his cafe, bustling with its usual energy, we discuss his 17 year journey, his love for community and helping others, the secret to succeeding when others have failed, and what’s different about his chairs that makes people feel welcome.

Rob is sort of like a mayor of food service in the city of Berea, outside of Cleveland, Ohio. Not only has he been committed to providing good food and drink to the community and a great place to hang out and interact, he’s also done a ton to help other businesses, build into the youth, and be a positive force in the city. Over 17 years of running his cafe, he’s seen a lot and has a ton of great things to share in this interview that will be sure to encourage, instruct and inspire.

 

From the interview…

  • What is Rob’s favorite type of coffee?
  • Has Rob ever met a stranger? Everyone has a story.
  • Rob’s love for a particular movie series…
  • How his business came to be and his desire to make a difference
  • Live in the moment. Embrace those you run into.
  • The best part of restaurants is the customer interaction
  • Repeat business is more important than one-time business
  • The work Rob and his wife did before launching Cafe Ah-Roma
  • What happened to their sales when Starbucks and Panera came on the scene
  • The community of restaurant owners in Berea, all that they offer and how they help each other
  • What are some of the secrets to making it when others fail? Tenacity!
  • Always be willing to learn
  • Be willing to do what needs to be done.
  • Be patient and look for the right opportunities.
  • Everything is customer service
  • What do they do with their chairs to make people feel welcome and invite them to sit down and relax?
  • What have been some surprising things that have happened over the 17 years?
  • Rob’s entrepreneurial roots
  • Just do it!

 rob bennett and shawn

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